Johnny Thomson

Johnny Thomson (April 9, 1922 in Lowell, Massachusetts – September 24, 1960 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) was an American racecar driver. Thomson was nicknamed "the Flying Scot."[1]

Johnny Thomson
Born(1922-04-09)April 9, 1922
Lowell, Massachusetts
DiedSeptember 24, 1960(1960-09-24) (aged 38)
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19531960
Entries8
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums1
Career points10
Pole positions1
Fastest laps1
First entry1953 Indianapolis 500
Last entry1960 Indianapolis 500

Midget carsEdit

Thomson won the 1948 UCOA New England title after winning 32 midget events. He won his second UCOA title in 1950.

He won the 1952 AAA Eastern division midget car championship.

Championship carsEdit

He drove in the AAA and USAC Championship Car series, racing in the 1953-1960 seasons with 69 starts, including the Indianapolis 500 races in each season. He finished in the top ten 43 times, with 7 victories. His best Indy finish was third in 1959. Roy Sherman, the first National Midget Champion, was his chief mechanic for several Indy 500s.[2]

He was the first driver to win a 100-mile (160 km) dirt track race in less than an hour at Langhorne, Pennsylvania. His champ car's average speed was 100.174 miles per hour.[2]

Sprint carsEdit

Thomson was the 1958 USAC Sprint Car Series champion. He won the Eastern Sprint Car championship in 1954.

In 1960, Thomson died at a sprint car event at the Great Allentown Fair when his car crashed through the fence and flipped into the infield.[2]

Career awardsEdit

Thomson was inducted in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1996 and the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1997.

TriviaEdit

Thomson was a contestant on Bud Collyer's "Beat The Clock".

Complete AAA/USAC Championship Car resultsEdit

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Points
1953 INDY
32
MIL
13
SPR
DET
SPR
MIL
DUQ
PIK SYR
ISF
SAC
PHX
- 0
1954 INDY
24
MIL
DNS
LAN DAR
DNQ
SPR
MIL DUQ
PIK SYR
9
ISF
SAC
PHX
LVG
43rd 40
1955 INDY
4
MIL
1
LAN
15
SPR
MIL
DUQ
PIK SYR
5
ISF
2
SAC
2
PHX
2
3rd 1.380
1956 INDY
32
MIL
2
LAN
18
DAR
9
ATL
3
SPR
10
MIL
14
DUQ
2
SYR
3
ISF
16
SAC
DNP
PHX
10th 710
1957 INDY
12
LAN
1
MIL
2
DET
18
ATL
17
SPR
14
MIL
4
DUQ
2
SYR
3
ISF
17
TRE
2
SAC
14
PHX
7th 1.110
1958 TRE
3
INDY
23
MIL
4
LAN
18
ATL
3
SPR
1
MIL
22
DUQ
1
SYR
1
ISF
2
TRE
2
SAC
1
PHX
14
3rd 1.520
1959 DAY
7
TRE
20
INDY
3
MIL
1
LAN
DNQ
SPR
4
MIL
2
DUQ
16
SYR
16
ISF
Wth
TRE
SAC
PHX
3rd 1.400
1960 TRE
20
INDY
5
MIL
18
LAN
DNQ
SPR
9
MIL
23
DUQ
9
SYR
4
ISF
5
TRE
SAC
PHX
7th 800

Indianapolis 500 resultsEdit

World Championship career summaryEdit

The Indianapolis 500 was part of the FIA World Championship from 1950 through 1960. Drivers competing at Indy during those years were credited with World Championship points and participation. Johnny Thomson participated in 8 World Championship races. He started on the pole once, set 1 fastest lead lap, and finished on the podium once, accumulating a total of 10 World Championship points.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Johnny Thomson - United States". Drivers. ESPN. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Biography Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine at the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame

External linksEdit